Portraits do not just have to be of people—animals can get their pictures done too! In this activity, let your child learn about artistic portraiture by helping her create a life-size painting of her favorite animal. This activity encourages your child to discover the natural world, learn about patterns and textures, and build color recognition skills. Given that this project is life sized (in relation to your child's size), encourage your child to act like an animal first to get its motions and movements. This will help her to get into creature character for this fun and fuzzy project.
What You Need:
- Large paper such as butcher paper
- Markers and/or crayons
- Tempera paints
- Large paint brush
- Textured or animal-like materials such as craft fur, yard, craft feathers, cotton batting, felt, or tissue paper (optional)